Rose Bowl Ready to Host 2024 Olympic Events

Should the City of Los Angeles be awarded the 2024 Olympics, Pasadena will be ready. With a mixture of optimism and practicality, the Pasadena City Council Monday evening approved the hosting of up to seven Olympic soccer matches, including mens’ and womens’ finals. If the Olympic Games do take place in Los Angeles, the number […]

Should the City of Los Angeles be awarded the 2024 Olympics, Pasadena will be ready.

With a mixture of optimism and practicality, the Pasadena City Council Monday evening approved the hosting of up to seven Olympic soccer matches, including mens’ and womens’ finals.

If the Olympic Games do take place in Los Angeles, the number of Summer 2024 Rose Bowl events would tentatively total between 17 and 18, including the Arroyo Seco Music Festival, which if successful, would by then be in its eighth season. Additional events like the Autism Walk, and the Fourth of July Rose Bowl celebration, would need to be approved individually by the City Council in 2024 and would, based on the past, likely be authorized.

The Council authorized Rose Bowl Operating Company General Manager Daryl Dunn to submit a written commitment to LA 24 that the Rose Bowl would host up to seven Olympic soccer matches, should Los Angeles be selected as the host city.

The vote was contingent on the condition that neither Pasadena nor the Rose Bowl Operating Committee will have any financial exposure or increased liability as a result of the Games.

The hosting agreement also mandates that LA24 — or whichever entity eventually manages the 2024 LA Olympics — must make various capital investments to the Rose Bowl Stadium, as necessary, and authorizes the Mayor to submit a letter to the International Olympic Committee to express its commitment to work with the City of Los Angeles to bring the Olympics to Southern California in 2024.

The City and the RBOC will begin to work together to develop a series of agreements with LA24 to finalize the details of the use of the venue. According to Rose Bowl Operating Company General manager, the amount of revenues and/or capital improvements to the stadium, would be in the neighborhood of $2 million.

The City Council, on the recommendation of the City’s Legislative Policy Committee (LPC), also voted to take formal positions on the upcoming November 8, 2016 Election.

The council voted to support the following State Propositions and Los Angeles County Ballot Measures: Proposition 51, which would create new bond funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities; Proposition 54, which would prohibit the Legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the internet for at least 72 hours before the vote, except in cases of public emergency; Proposition 56 a cigarette tax to Fund healthcare, tobacco use prevention, research, and law enforcement;

In addition, the council voted to support Proposition 67, a referendum to Overturn a Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags, a measure that City Attorney Michele Bagernis called “deliberately confusing.”

“This is a measure designed to work against our ban on plastic bags,” she told the Council.

The council also voted to support Los Angeles County Ballot Measure “M”, Los Angeles County’s Traffic Improvement Plan.

The Committee decided to refrain from taking a position on the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016—Measure A—until the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments has an opportunity to make a recommendation.

The motion to approve all positions recommended by the Legislative Policy Committee, except for Proposition 56 & 57, was unanimously approved.

The motion to approve recommendation to support Proposition 56 was approved by a vote of six in favor, one against, and one absent. The motion to approve the recommendation to oppose Proposition 57 was approved by a vote of six in favor, with one abstention, and one absent.

In other council actions, Landmark status was awarded to two Pasadena properties, 1211 Wellington and 895 South Madison Avenue. The council agreed the house at 895 South Madison Avenue “is significant because it embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, architectural style, period, or method of construction, or represents the work of an architect, designer, engineer, or builder whose work is of significance to the City or, to the region or possesses artistic values of significance to the City or to the region.”

The council also agreed that the property at 1211 Wellington Avenue was “a locally significant example of a Neoclassical style house,” and should be designated as such.

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